I have been a licensed Brain Gym teacher and consultant in the U.S. and Canada for the last 18 years. Brain Gym teachers and consultants take 228 hours of classes to become licensed and are required to take 48 hours of continuing education classes every four years to maintain their licenses.
I have extensive experience using Brain Gym with children of all ages, teenagers, adults, couples, parents, families and seniors. Brain Gym works best with school age children, teenagers and adults. The movements are designed to help people with learning disabilities, ADD and ADHD.
I developed BrainMoves to help people of all ages (including babies) with delayed development, balance, coordination, learning disabilities, chemical imbalances, addictions, PTSD and other mental health diagnoses, behavioral, psychological, emotional and physical problems. BrainMoves works based upon the same principles as Brain Gym but has a much larger set of movements specifically designed to help with the kinds of problems listed above. BrainMoves has movements for all of the age groups, including babies, toddlers, preschoolers, school age children, teenagers, adults and seniors.
I have been a licensed Brain Gym teacher and consultant since 2002. I also have a masters degree in counseling psychology since 2002 with many certifications to do therapy in the creative arts, with children, families and couples. I am certified as a professional nanny, with extensive training in baby and child development, correcting behavior problems and working with children with special needs. Continue reading this page for a summary of my qualifications and experience and the areas in which I've helped hundreds of people with Brain Gym and BrainMoves.
Licensed for 18 years by Breakthroughs International Foundation, formerly known as the Educational Kinesiology Foundation.
Movements and techniques designed over twenty years by Diane Malik, M.A. BrainMoves can be used with "goals" (positive beliefs) and/or Concepts & Relationships Repatterning (CRR).
Licensed as a professional nanny by the Northwest Nannies Institute, Lake Oswego, Oregon in 1999 and certified as a play therapist with children and a family and couples counselor by the Oregon Institute of Therapy in 2002.
Masters degree in 2002 from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Eighteen years experience in private practice with people of all ages.
Fun, interesting creative arts to help you measure and see your progress during your messing include: Art, movement & dance, music & singing, writing & journalling. Certified by the Oregon Institute of Therapy in 2002.
Eighteen years in private practice helping teenagers, adults, parents, couples and seniors. Certified by Achology and the Oregon Institute of Therapy in 2002.
Improve test taking and scores, improve study skills, improve communication skills, improve organization skills, improve ability to focus and pay attention, improve, reading, writing, math and other subjects, improve sports performance, improve ADD and ADHD, improve dyslexia and other learning disabilities, improve auditory, visual, general and abstract processing problems, make transitions between grades and other transitions easier, improve leadership skills, improve autism and aspergers, improve developmental delays, etc.
Improve relationship skills for all ages: Respect, caring, sharing, etc., adjust to change and transitions, listening, doing chores, adapting to and accepting a routine, bedtime issues, cleaning room and staying organized, doing homework, being polite, learning and exhibiting appropriate behavior for all situations, improve sibling rivalry, adjusting to new baby, adjust to parents' separation/divorce, improve communication skills, improve social skills, fitting in, following rules, understanding and respecting consequences to behavior, dealing with the loss of a loved one or pet.
Understand the stages of baby and child development: physically, psychologically, emotionally and socially, understand the stages of play and learning, develop patience, become good role models, learn how to understand and parent a child who has a different temperament than you or your spouse, creating strong emotional & psychological bonds in your family, understand and parent and child with learning or health challenges, rule charts that work for your family, enforcing rules, rewards and consequences charts, manage temper tantrums, time outs, bedtime issues, establish a healthy routine and lifestyle for your family, etc.
Healthy eating, create a healthy lifestyle, improve parenting skills, improve relationship skills for all ages: Respect, caring, sharing, etc., complete steps in healthy adult development (career, marriage, having children, self-actualization, taking care of aging parents, etc.), making changes, make career decisions and transitions, other transitions, adjust to change, improve leadership skills, improve work skills, improve organization skills, improve ability to focus and pay attention, prioritize time, improve auditory, visual, general and abstract processing problems, etc.
PTSD, physical, emotional and sexual abuse, eating disorders, alcohol abuse, alcohol dependence and alcoholism, drug abuse, drug dependence and drug addictions, stop smoking, anxiety, depression, bi-polar illness, OCD and other chemical imbalances, MPD, DID, regression and other dissociative disorders, learning disabilities and processing problems (auditory, visual, etc.), ADD, ADHD, autism, aspergers, sensory integration disorders, personality disorders, mood disorders, sexual identity issues (gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, etc.), insomnia and other sleep disorders, somatoform disorders, etc., attachment disorders, etc.
Stress-related illness, attaining and maintaining a healthy weight, implement exercise plans that are fun and doable, improving the symptoms of menopause, techniques for aging well, cancer and other life threatening illness, fibromyalgia and other kinds of chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome and other kinds of chronic illness, multiple sclerosis, parkinson's disease and other kinds of neurological problems, strokes and other kinds of brain injuries, heart disease, etc.
Grieving, making choices and creating beliefs about higher powers (God, nature, self-empowerment, etc.), making choices about religion, believing or not believing in God, understanding God, improving relationship with God, living a spiritual life, incorporating spirituality into daily living, create a life full of meaning and purpose in spite of loss, chronic illness, disability and/or pain, death of a friend, family member and/or pet, leaving friends and family members (moving, abuse, trauma, etc.), abandonment by friends and/or family members, etc.
The meaning of life, the meaning of pain and suffering, creating meaning and purpose in a life with chronic, pain, illness and/or suffering, understanding your life's purpose, accepting the death or loss of a loved one, beliefs about life after death, understanding and preparing for dying, self-actualization, understanding poverty, inequality, suffering, natural disasters, war, philosophical issues and questions, the nature of man, the nature of the universe, etc.